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Last time it happened was 15 years back, and that time I was in a painting exam. That time I didn't dare to do anything for the fear of making it worse.

What would be the best course of action when I accidentally get some paint on an existing watercolor painting?

While answering, please consider the cases when the painting's paint is already dry, totally wet, and when is it somewhat wet.

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    What type of paint are you using? Oil, acrylic... ? How wet/dry is the existing paint? – Web Head Apr 27 '16 at 6:54
  • @CreationEdge I wish this question to be generic. Please consider answering w.r.t both the paint mediums that you mentioned, and also considering that the existing painting may be too wet, somewhat wet, or too dry. – Aquarius_Girl Apr 27 '16 at 6:56
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    I think giving all combinations of type of paint, dryness of painting and amount of paint makes this question too broad. – Earthliŋ Apr 27 '16 at 10:19
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    @Earthliŋ alright. I'll narrow it to type of paint at least. – Aquarius_Girl Apr 27 '16 at 10:21
  • This might easily be more than one question which isn't bad. – Matt Apr 27 '16 at 11:34
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It's best to act quickly, and absorb the paint with either a cloth or (nearly) dry brush. You can remove most of the spilled paint that way.

Then, depending on what's still visible, you might want to wet the edges of the stain, to soften the colour transition. You might also want to repaint a part of the existing painting, or if you're really creative, give the stain a purpose in your painting. Like, when your painting is a still life with flowers, the unwanted drop of paint may become a bug or a hole in one of the leaves.

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